Our 14-16 School Links Programme is a part time provision that aims to bridge the gap between school learning and vocational training. We work closely with a number of local schools to offer students the chance to take part in a vocational hairdressing course that they would not otherwise be able to access.

School Links Programme

We are working with schools to tailor and design a programme that best fits the needs of a school and the interests and aptitudes of students.

  • Delivering fully accredited programmes that are interesting, creative and balanced
  • Delivering inclusion programmes for those who find it difficult to engage in mainstream school curriculum
  • We work with learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our Aim

The aim of our 14-16 School Link Hairdressing Course is to help engage young people who do not perform to their full potential within the school environment. This course has as a really positive impact and can help to keep them engaged in education at college and at school. By studying these vocational courses students build valuable skills and knowledge of the different types of careers that may be available to them, which will motivate them to succeed on the course.


Students who come to us on one of our 14-16 School Link courses will then be able to progress to a full-time vocational course after year 11. Many School Link students will continue their studies with us in a related subject at a higher level in September.

The qualification

Our programmes offer VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing which will prepare the student to progress to the next level of vocational learning. All the units within this qualification directly relate to the hairdressing industry.  The qualification will introduce the student to the complete range of practical hairdressing skills and will act as the foundation for them to progress onto the next level of vocational learning at level 2. 

Operating in schools around the UK

We are specialist in our field and we are ran by highly qualified professionals. And of course, all our full-time E.L.M Academy staff are fully insured and DBS checked, with Child Protection and Emergency Aid certification. 

Our Mission Statement

E.L.M Academy’s mission statement is to “Engage, Learn, Motivate”. We strive to enable students to acquire the knowledge, skills and qualifications, which will in turn help them secure and sustain jobs and become an expert in their field. Our success and philosophy are rooted firmly in education. Sharing our unique experience to create innovative and globally renowned hairdressing education.

E.L.M Academy is a great training academy; all the staff and tutors are so understanding and supportive when gaining your qualifications. Would highly recommend

Max Student